Final estimates of total overpayments and underpayments across the benefit system in financial year 2013/14.
This report estimates fraud and error levels in the benefit system in Great Britain for the financial year 2013/14. The main points from the report are:
- 2.1% of total benefit expenditure was overpaid due to fraud and error
- the estimated value of overpayments is £3.4 billion (a fall from the 2012/13 estimated value of £3.5 billion)
- 0.9% of total benefit expenditure was underpaid due to fraud and error (the same as the 2012/13 estimate)
- the estimated value of underpayments is £1.5 billion, (a fall from the 2012/13 estimated value of £1.6 billion)
As part of this release, we’ve also published an updated version of Fraud and error in Housing Benefit: technical appendix on the supporting documents page.
Next release: May 2015.
The final estimates on this page replace the archived preliminary 2013/2014 estimates published in May 2014.
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